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Perdue Applauds President Trump’s Selection for USDA’s Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of James Hubbard to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “I am very excited by the selection of Jim Hubbard for this leadership role at USDA. Congress passed and President Trump …

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Putnam Comments on USDA’s Disaster Aid Implementation

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Following U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement today that the USDA will begin implementing disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion in response to 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement: “Florida agriculture took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma and has long-awaited this much-needed disaster relief. I thank Secretary …

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Florida Forest Service BMP Survey Shows High Implementation Rate

Dan Florida, Forestry, Water

According to recent figures from the Florida Forest Service, the 2017 Florida Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation survey shows a 99.6% implementation rate among forestry operations. This indicates that water quality protection remains a high priority for Florida’s foresters, land managers, loggers, and silviculture contractors. (See below News Release from Florida Forest Service) Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) …

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Termites Topple Pine Trees – a Concern as Hurricane Season Nears

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Research

Most termites don’t kill trees, but Asian subterranean termites are slaying some pine trees in South Florida and damaging the rest of the local urban tree canopy, a new University of Florida study found. “Our beloved native slash pine is lethally stressed by this termite, which is unexpected,” said Thomas Chouvenc, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of urban entomology. Not only …

state forests

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: State Forests

Dan FL Commissioner Report, Florida, Forestry

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam speaks on the recreational opportunities of Florida’s State Forests. Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: State Forests For a complete list of Florida State Forests, and more information of each one, click the map below. You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com. …

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Perdue Applauds Fire Funding Fix in Omnibus

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his appreciation for the work of Congress to find a bipartisan fix for the way the U.S. Forest Service is funded for fighting wildfires. Secretary Perdue had advocated for the change since taking office in April 2017. Congress included the solution in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Package, which has been signed into …

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom

Dan FL Commissioner Report, Florida, Forestry

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam speaks on the actions taken by the department on behalf of Florida’s wounded veterans. Operation Outdoor Freedom You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

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Longleaf Pine Initiative for Southeast Landowners

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Longleaf pine once covered 90 million acres from Texas to Florida, but today only 3 percent of the habitat remains. So the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind landowners about the Longleaf Pine Initiative, which provides financial and technical assistance for conservation practices to help restore longleaf pine forests and enhance existing stands. Leonard …

pine beetle

Agri View: Pine Beetle Outbreak

Dan Agri View, Forestry

Everett Griner talks about the damage the southern pine beetle outbreak is causing to pine trees in today’s Agri View. Pine Beetle Outbreak There are more pine trees in America than any other kind. More pines are cut, and the lumber has more uses than any other type of tree. But, the southern pine beetle has struck again. Right now, …

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UF/IFAS Rethinking Forest Protection; Hosts UN Expert as Lecturer

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

With trees, we enjoy healthier air, shade, a way to store carbon, economic opportunities and much more. Without them, we could wind up with a devastated ecosystem and much lost revenue, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. In fact, Florida’s forest industry generated $12.5 billion in sales in 2016, according to recent UF/IFAS economic research. …